How do we inspire renewed civic purpose in Canada? How do we move beyond the simple phrases of “you should run for office” or “you should vote” towards a more nuanced understanding of democratic engagement?
These are questions that have guided the Samara Centre’s efforts in 2022. A year where we have examined technology’s influence on our democratic culture, explored the generational implications of pandemic school closures on youth civic literacy and studied the lived experience of politicians.
It’s a privilege to work on supporting a vibrant culture of civic engagement and we can’t do it without you. In this season of giving please consider making a gift to the Samara Centre. Your support will further our efforts to secure a resilient democracy with responsive institutions and an engaged public.
Read on for a selection of highlights from our work this year plus an exciting announcement about a new collaboration (get ready to tune in 🎧).
Warmest wishes for the new year,
In November we celebrated our 15th anniversary by welcoming former Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi as the keynote speaker for the In Defence of Democracy public lecture.
Following his address, Mr. Nenshi was in conversation with host of CBC Radio’s IDEAS, Nahlah Ayed discussing the importance of local democracy and what we can do to inspire civic renewal in Canada. The program was recently broadcast as an IDEAS episode and is available on their podcast.
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the award winning podcast company Media Girlfriends. Together, we are creating a new podcast based on recent interviews with former Members of Parliament that will launchin 2023. You’ll hear the voices of former MPs breaking it all down - demystifying life in federal politics and sharing their thoughts about attracting and retaining the best and brightest as political leaders.
Our publications this year examined online toxicity as a barrier to civic engagement and the impact of the pandemic on youth civic literacy
This year we shared insights from our research at a wide range of events across different sectors. We also convened experts to explore solutions to online toxicity. A selection of our 2022 engagements is below.
This year our perspective and research insights were featured in a wide range of news outlets across Canada. A selection of clippings is below.